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Spreading heartfelt cheer at Christmas - Food For The Poor, Island Grill spread love, bring smiles to golden agers

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Marcia Hall-Walker, outreach manager, Food For The Poor, assists a resident of the Golden Age Home with her lunch during a Food For The Poor-Island Grill Christmas Treat at the home yesterday. - Photo by Ian Allen/Photographer
Evelyn Scott is one of several residents at the home who look forward to the annual treat. - Photo by Ian Allen/Photographer

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

Evelyn Scott, a 71-year-old resident of the Golden Age Home in Kingston, was left feeling elated yesterday as she, along with other residents, was fêted by Food For The Poor (FFP) at its annual Christmas treat.

"It is really overwhelming. I really feel a sense of warmth from what happened here today. This has been my fifth treat at the home and I really like Food For The Poor. They take care of us and make sure we are well fed every year. They look after us and I can really feel the Christmas spirit," Scott told The Gleaner.

As part of its annual Christmas outreach programme, FFP offers treats and other assistance to the elderly and youth. It partnered with Island Grill to bring cheer to the golden agers.

"It makes your heart feel really good when you can give back to society and that is the purpose of FFP," Marcia Hall-Walker, FFP Jamaica's outreach manager, told The Gleaner.

"I can see that they really appreciated it today by their smiles. We are giving back to those who can't give to society. We need to make our brothers and sisters know that we love them," she added.

Morelene Moncrieffe, supervisor for Cluster D at the Golden Age Home, also expressed how important this treat was to the residents as it is something they look forward to every year.

"They look forward to it year-after-year. If you noticed, we have to lift some outside because they can't walk and were inside crying because they wanted to come out to mingle and socialise with the others," Moncrieffe said.

"They really look forward to this season as it helps them in a positive manner. It helps them because day in, day out, hardly any relatives come in to visit them. So when FFP gives them a treat, they really appreciate it," she added.